PSCD3 - Danketsu 9 - Towards a Walk in the Sun

by Danketsu 9

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A unified nontet, led by saxophonist Patrick Shiroishi, Danketsu 9 returns after their stunning 2018 cassette Thahrass, with a more ragged horizon. Towards a Walk in the Sun is a dense, dynamic, and entrancing uninterrupted 47-minute live composition recorded at the Heartbeat House in June of 2018. Swirling and sticky strings yawn and gasp, fluttering flute and voice dance in the light, and Shiroishi’s saxophone cries, both maudlin and tender, blowing through the ashes. A finely braided strand of interwoven shambolic free jazz raga, apocalyptic post-rock dread, and neoclassical future-weary dirge, the album sways between sublime melody and looming tension. The group’s chemistry is undeniable as they move about this expanse, giving space for each performer to leave their mark in the moment. Shimmering guitar and flute trills sputter over thick coils of melody and then fall apart into tattered but glittering debris; a cool thumby bass solo punctuated by percussive thumps appears in the rubble. The track title, translated, “One fire goes out, another goes burning,” perfectly captures the openness here; flames lick everything, some surfaces more susceptible to scorching than others. Ash is a rich nutrient for fresh sprouts to poke through.


released April 9, 2019

Ang Wilson - flute
Dylan Fujioka - accordion & percussion
Jason Adams - cello
Ken Moore - double bass
Kelly Coats - flute
Mallory Soto - voice
Noah Guevara - guitar
Patrick Shiroishi - alto & tenor saxophones
Pauline Lay - violin

recorded live at Heartbeat House on the 8th of June, 2018
recorded and mastered by Felix Salazar
cover photo by Ang Wilson


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